Marc Marquez has yet to win at Motegi in MotoGP, but holds 5 consecutive podiums there –including triumphs in Moto2 (2012) and 125cc (2010), which means that since 2010, Marc Marquez has never placed lower than second in Japan.
Motegi hosts the first of three consecutive weekends of MotoGP action, which kicks off this Friday and also takes in rounds in Malaysia and Australia. Marc Marquez has fond memories of the Japanese Grand Prix, having won his second MotoGP title at last year’s event and on a run of finishes no lower than second at Motegi stretching back five seasons.
The Twin Ring Motegi Circuit is considered Honda’s home circuit because it was builded up by the Japanese brand to develop tests and in 1999 started to hold the Motorcycle World Championship. It’s located near the mountains and has a 2,5km oval of american inspiration around it. It stands out for an important downhill. It has 4,8km, 6 left curves and 8 right curves.
Marc Marquez: “Aragon was a tough race and I made a mistake, now I’m eager to get to Japan and try to end the season at the top. Unfortunately last week I had a training accident whilst mountain biking and suffered a fracture in my left hand. I had an operation on Wednesday and have been resting it since. I’m healing well and hope to be as fit as possible for this weekend. Track conditions in Motegi can vary quite a lot and we will work hard on the set up in terms of the hard acceleration and braking in order to be at the front come Sunday. I hope we can have a good result in front of Honda’s home fans!“